PITTSBURGH - All wins and losses count the same in the standings, but not all wins and losses are created equal.
Some victories can be transformative for a team, watershed moments when a team looks back on a successful season. On the other hand, some devastating losses can be landmarks on the road to ruin.
Saturday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates came from behind with another huge, late rally to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-6 after doing the same thing in Friday’s series-opening 10-8 victory.
It remains to be seen if the Pirates, scuffling until the Blue Jays came to town, have been transformed by these opening two victories. And the Blue Jays? Has the ground opened up beneath their feet, ready to swallow them up?
Only time will tell on both counts.
This one was a game the Blue Jays felt they had to win. Coming on the heels of Friday’s devastating ninth-inning cave-in when Sergio Santos gave up two home runs in a shocking 6-5 loss, this game had, for the Blue Jays, a level of urgency not normally seen so early in the season.